Our Therapists:

Hali Nurnberg, MA, LPC: CEC Executive Director & Therapist

Education: Master’s in International Disaster Psychology, University of Denver and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Specialties & Techniques: Hali specializes in client-centered, trauma-informed, EMDR, and grief therapy techniques.

Experience: Hali’s clinical experience includes providing individual and group therapy, serving in alternative courts for adolescents with mental health diagnoses, building programs to support communities affected by acts of violence and natural disasters, providing individual and group therapy in the Denver County jail, and providing mental health support in Ghana. 

Works With: Adolescents and Adults


Shawn Williamson, MS, LPC: Therapist & Supervisor

Education: Master’s in Mental Health Counseling, University of Phoenix and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Specialties & Techniques: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, mindfulness/relation, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), a technique primarily used with those who have experienced trauma. 

Works with: Adults & Adolescents


Elane Johnson-Williams, MA, LPC: Therapist & Supervisor

Education: Master’s in Community Counseling, Adams State University and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Specialties & Techniques: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), play therapy, and brief solution-focused therapy.

Experience: Elane has 30 years of experience in human service work, with five years serving as an elementary school counselor. Her philosophy of counseling is through the alliance of the individual and the therapist; with respect, understanding, and compassion, the two work together to resolve issues and enhance the individual’s journey.

Works with: Adults, Adolescents, Children, & Families.


Lydia Storey-Lopez, MA, LPC, LAC: Therapist

Education: Master’s in Counseling-Clinical Mental Health, Adams State University, Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Specialties & Techniques: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR).

Experience: Lydia’s clinical expertise includes working at an inpatient psychiatric hospital, crisis counseling, and mental health/substance abuse outpatient therapy. Her philosophy is to assist patients to live to their fullest potential by breaking down barriers and discovering their passions. Lydia is active in the community and loves to take advantage of the beautiful bounty of Western Colorado. Lydia is available for Spanish-speaking individuals.

Works with: Adults


Kimberly Langston, MA, LPCC: Therapist

Education: Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Colorado Christian University.

Specialties & Techniques: Evidence-based and behavioral orientations like Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Nurtured Heart Parenting, attachment theories, and Polyvagal/neuro-physical methodologies guide her work.

Works with: Children & Adolescents


Lindsey Hodges, MA, LPC: Therapist

Education: Master’s in Counseling with an emphasis in schools at the University of South Dakota and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Specialties & Techniques: Conflict resolution/problem-solving skills, positive self-talk/self-esteem building, resiliency skills, suicide prevention, healthy decision-making, and strengthening interpersonal communication skills. Open communication that is client-centered and solution-focused.

Works with: Pre-Adolescent, Adolescents, and Young-Adults


Hannah Wilson, BA: Intern

Education: Hannah is an MA Candidate in Counseling at Northwestern University, training under the supervision of Elane Johnson, LPC.

She strives to create a safe, compassionate environment in which clients feel heard and safe to explore all that they feel. She believes that our inner experiences can guide us toward purpose—she hopes to help her clients connect to this inner wisdom and meaning. 


Mary MacDonald, LCSW, LPC

Education: Master’s in Counseling with an emphasis in schools at the University of South Dakota and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Specialties & Techniques: Conflict resolution/problem-solving skills, positive self-talk/self-esteem building, resiliency skills, suicide prevention, healthy decision-making, and strengthening interpersonal communication skills. Open communication that is client-centered and solution-focused.

Works with: Pre-Adolescent, Adolescents, and Young-Adults


Julie Mendenhall, MS

Julie holds a Master’s degree in school counseling and has spent many years in the School District. She spent several years with the teen parent program and led both childcare and parenting programs. She has been the director of several childcare centers. She has published two children’s books. She is the mother of three grown children and seven grandchildren.


Our Administration Staff

Hali NurnbergExecutive Director

Colleen PahlAdministrator

Jim Lauer – Financial Coordinator

Karen Allee Data Entry Specialist

Jesse Monzon – Grant & Development Coordinator